Sunday, August 31, 2008

101 things that make me Amy...

I got tagged a while ago by Mandi. It was supposed to be just 5 facts about yourself, but I have seen this on other people's blogs so I changed it up a little. I wanted to see if I could come up with 101 things about me. Honestly it is harder than you think. So here you go. More things than you probably ever wanted to know about me:

1. I am 28
2. I have 5 kids-2 sets of twins and 1 cute little thing in the middle.
3. I am very particular about certain things, and I don’t care about others.
4. I used to be social.
5. I love spending money- on me, on others, on practically anything, even just plain groceries.
6. I hate, hate, hate moths.
7. Trent and I are the perfect match. I make messes, he cleans them up.
8. I actually like to cook. It’s coming up with what to cook that is the problem.
9. I like to feed people and have parties. I think secretly I am trying to make people chubbier than me! ; )
10. I feel guilty every night, because of my parenting issues.
11. My kids deserve better than me. Who knows why we are blessed with so many.
12. I am a picker.
13. I have to have my toenails cut short, very short. And I always like it better if my toenails are painted a fun, bright color.
14. I loved taking notes in school. Trying to do cute handwriting and outlines. I am a nerd.
15. I used to be smart.
16. I am a Registered Nurse and I think any girl should go into nursing if they want a flexible job and be a mom at the same time.
17. I hate hair. It grosses me out. I could never work as a hair dresser.
18. I hate other people’s feet. Especially old people.
19. I find it is easier to change a 1 year olds diaper than an 80 year olds.
20. I have one of the saddest jobs, but I love it.
21. I could have spaghetti everyday and never get sick of it.
22. I LOVE cheese. Cheese makes most everything taste better.
23. My ankles are the only thing I don’t complain about.
24. The toilet paper roll MUST go over.
25. I love opening a new can of creamy peanut butter. I love how smooth it looks and can’t wait for the first taste.
26. I am addicted to buying watches. Every time I hit the outlets I have to make a purchase. It is a good thing I don’t go up there more than once a year.
27. My favorite ice cream is plain vanilla. Give me a soft serve cone from McDonalds and I am happy.
28. I have no patience what so ever.
29. I love scrapbooking, but never find time to do it. But continue to buy supplies. (I guess I would have time if I didn’t sit around and blog and think of 101 things about myself. Duh)
30. I have geographic tongue and passed it onto Aiden.
31. I don’t understand why girls wear uncomfortable shoes. As Special K would say, “Do they serve an orthopedic function?”
32. There was a time I was afraid we would never have kids. Now look at us.
33. I cannot handle high maintenance people.
34. Sometimes I feel like my life is like the movie “Groundhogs Day.”
35. I hardly ever do my hair or wear make up. I am the epitome of a worn out mom.
36. I never really travelled anywhere until I met Trent. And now I LOVE it.
37. I wish I had my parent’s non-spending habits.
38. I like nice things. I hate buying something cheap and having it break after using it once.
39. If I could pick any talent, it would be to be able to sing. I really can’t sing a note.
40. I love camping. It was definitely easier and more enjoyable before we had litters of children.
41. I haven’t been mountain biking in 4 ½ years.
42. I love my house and I hope we never have to move.
43. I would love to hear people’s thoughts. I have always wondered what people really think about me. Maybe that’s why I love Trent. He tells people what he honestly thinks.
44. I love eating out.
45. I love sleeping in. Anytime I wake up on my own is heaven.
46. I wish I was a clean freak. I really have to motivate myself to clean anything. I am like a 3 year old. I tell myself I can have a treat after I clean the bathrooms.
47. I played softball for 10 years of my life and now I don’t even pick up my mitt.
48. I never remember my mom yelling at us. (well, maybe once or twice.) And I yell at my kids about 30 times per day.
49. I hated breastfeeding. Nothing “bonding” about it for me.
50. I love surprising people, especially Trent.
51. I have worn shorts with my swimsuit for as long as I can remember. I absolutely HATE my thighs and butt.
52. Trent and I have bad luck with windshields. We usually replace 1-2 a year.
53. I wish I was more spiritual.
54. I enjoy time that I get without kids, but would never give them up to have all my time to myself.
55. If I could go anywhere I would go to a little beach house in Tahiti somewhere.
56. I love the feelings of nostalgia, even though it makes me sad sometimes.
57. I like most music except rap and Trent’s techno computerized stuff.
58. I wish I was naturally skinny. My dad always said my eating would catch up with me. Back in the day I would buy a foot long sub with extra mayo and a cream of weber chug for dinner. I know. Oink. Oink.
59. I HATE speaking in public.
60. I love to read and probably waste too much time doing it.
61. Trent and I don’t ever really fight. We both say what we think and then that’s that...Usually.

62. I am lucky to have a husband that never complains when he watches the kids for me. He may complain about the kids, but not that he has to watch them. ; )
63. I love food. Have I said that already?
64. I used to love dogs. But 2 dogs and 5 babies later not so much. Anybody want 2 beagles?
65. I really do love my kids. I love how different they all are and I LOVE when they smile.
66. I love watching movies for the first time, especially the scary ones.
67. I HATE jello. I can’t even stand the smell when I am making it.
68. I love fruit and nuts, but not mixed in anything. Like brownies with nuts or ice cream with fruit chunks, yuck.
69. I am probably going to need plastic surgery in order to get a semi flat stomach again. My belly looks like a 90 year olds. Really.
70. I love every season and I am always ready for the next one to start.
71. There is nothing like snowshoeing on a mountain where no one has been since the last snowfall. It is so pretty and the untouched snow as far as you can see is amazing. Luckily I usually have 2 men to carve the trail for me. Thanks Trent and Jake!
72. I have experienced a few different births. 1 C-section with twins. 1 normal. 1 normal with twins. I have to tell you I didn't think so at first, but C-sections suck.
73. I love to hang out with my high school friends. We really were lucky to have so many really good friends. And I am still lucky to have them as friends.
74. I hated college, but am so glad I did it. (Even though I liked to get creative with my note taking skills.)
75. I love wrapping presents. But the thing is I have a few rolls of wrapping paper that I never use. I think they are too cute and I don’t want to see them gone. How dumb is that?
76. I love looking at pictures from my past.
77. I hate weeding, but love mowing lawns.
78. I played with more GI Joes than Barbies when I was little.
79. I will always loving the feeling of driving out of the mountains and into Star Valley. I have so many good memories there.
80. I love fairs- the games, the rides, the atmosphere, and, especially, the food.
81. I hope my kids turn out good in spite of me and fear they will not because of me.
82. I am addicted to blogging. Obviously.
83. I have to stack my plates and cups every other color in the cupboard. (I know you all think this is Trent.)
84. Ever since my pregnant days I have to sleep with a pillow to hug.
85. After being a Jensen for a few years, I still DO NOT understand the emotions with Utah and BYU. I think everyone is too high strung about it all.
86. I cannot tolerate slow drivers.
87. I need to learn to control my temper and be more patient with my kids.
88. I hate any movie that has anything to do with affairs. I think it taints the whole show.
89. I don’t know if people really understand the challenges of having 5 kids under 3. But I know I wouldn’t trade my challenges for anyone else’s.
90. I have to have my dishwasher loaded a certain way. Sometimes I reload it if it is done wrong. I think I have the ability to get more dishes in the way I do it.
91. I feel lazy a lot of the time. I just don’t have the energy or desire to do things.
92. I never touch the toilet in public bathrooms. I just squat and use my foot to flush it.
93. I worry too much about my kids. I have a hard time letting them play alone in my backyard. I always think they will get taken.
94. There are a lot of people I wish I could be like. I have so many good examples in my life.
95. I feel guilty that I don’t visit our grandparents as much as we should.
96. I am so thankful for my health and my family’s health. We are so blessed to have 5 healthy pregnancies and births.
97. I want people to like me and I do care what they think even when I say I don’t.
98. I love looking out my window and seeing the temple. I need to actually go into it more often. I don’t realize how lucky I am.
99. I wish I was a happier person. Maybe I should be on medication, but Trent doesn’t believe in it.
100. I love chocolate. But I cannot chew it. It has to be melted or I suck on it until its gone.
101. I like to have fun and love seeing my kids have fun. I only wish I had more time to have fun with my kids.

I hope you all enjoyed these useless factoids about me. I think some of you should do this too. I love reading other people's lists and learning things I never knew about people that I have known for years. Just try it and good luck!

Friday, August 29, 2008

A Success!

After a long day of cooking and cleaning, the shower has come and gone. And if I do say so myself, it was GREAT! All the food turned out so good, which I am very thankful for. 3 of the recipes I was trying for the first time and you never know what can happen when it is your first experience?!? Thanks to everyone who came to support Kim and Luke. Everyone was so nice and brought so many cute things. I even got things in the mail and dropped off from people that couldn't make it. Honestly, people are so thoughtful.

Here is the final presentation. The counter in the background was clean until I had to rush and get everything out. I kept forgetting things, so things were a little hectic in the end. Emily did the fruit. Isn't it so cute with the flowers made out of pineapple? She did an excellent job! And you can barely see the punch bowl I found on the left, but I LOVED IT!
Me and the guest of honor. I am not liking my face too much in the pic. I look like a felt I guess. I was pretty worked. Cooking and cleaning doesn't really go smoothly with 5 kids in the way. Kimmy looks beautiful though! My mom, Aunt Lisa, Paige, Morgan, and Alex. Alex would be Paige and Morgan's second cousin or something??? He is a cutie!
Sami and Ashley. These girls are so fun and cute!
Some of the partiers! We really did have a good turnout. Always a relief when you are planning a shower.
Angie, Emily, and my mom. I like seeing cleaned off plates. Always a good sign!
Aunt Val, Aunt Rauna, and Laree. Valerie was good to support the Veigel side! Everyone else was from my mom's side or Kimmy's family!
Chaos! This was the scene during the present opening. With 4 babies and a lot of people it made for chaos.
Luke was excited about this gift, the Bumbo. I never had the opportunity to have one, but everyone that has one loves it. Good thinking Steph!
It was a good night and once again, everyone was so nice to bring themselves and gifts. Thanks to Emily and my mom for helping with stuff and thanks to Kimmy for having a baby so we could have an excuse for a party!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

7 months...

I have had this little photo montage thing for 7 months and just last night I finally got pictures into it. You wouldn't think it would be hard to pick out a few pictures and get them developed, but it was sure hard for us. It took us at least 3 months to just take the frames out of the boxes and get them hung so what is 4 more months of stewing over which pictures to use??? The sad thing is I had 90 days to return the hanging things, but I didn't hang it up in time to see that 2 of the brackets were crooked. Duh. Now my frames are not straight. Can you imagine how Trent feels about that? He loses sleep when things aren't perfect!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Just a Reminder!

I am just reminding everyone about Kimmy's baby shower tomorrow night! We are going to have some good food, so come hungry and ready to eat. And of course the company will be great! ;) If you need any last minute gift ideas call me, I am an expert in ideas for someone not finding out the gender!!! My mind is a bit crazy these days so if you didn't get an invite please come anyways and I apologize if I did overlook anyone.
Can't wait to see you all!
This is a pic of the invitations I made. Since I am technically handicap and couldn't figure out my scanner, you get a not so nice picture. Thanks to Cecilie for giving me an idea. Cecilie is a pro at coming up with cute cards!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Best Weekend and Best Husband!

I have been looking forward to our Girls Weekend for months now. It was like Christmas for me. A weekend full of shopping, eating, scrapbooking, reading. jewelery making, and sleeping. AND no kids (well, except for cute little Annie.) Trent was not only so nice to watch ALL the kids ALL weekend, but he managed to clean the WHOLE house and update our blog! What kind of husband can do all that??? Well, mine!
The weekend started with a couple trips to some scrapbooking sales. We stopped for some lunch and then headed up to the outlets. And we shopped and shopped and shopped. We found some good deals and very cute clothes. Then to the last stop of the trip, the Jensen cabin. I really had the best time and couldn't have asked for a better weekend.

Jenny, Jill, and me at Molca Salsa for a breakfast burrito. This is the start of our gorge fest this weekend!Shopping at the outlets. Unfortunately none of us made a purchase at this store. Shoot.
Trying on a few cute things at the Gap. I think 4 of us ended up with the same shirt.

Another yummy meal at one of our favorites, Cafe Rio. You just can't beat their dressing!
This is how much stuff we packed for our weekend. With 7 girls, a baby, and all our scrapbooking and jewelry stuff we barely fit everything in. And I mean barely.
Starting to get organized. We had a few days of scrapbook heaven in front of us!
Getting ready for our show and tell. It was really fun to see all the fun stuff everyone got!Teri and I bought 2 of the same shirts. Most people might be horrified if they had the same shirts as their mother-in-law, but I don't have that problem. I have a very nice and normal mother-in-law with good taste in clothing! ;)
Because of all the eating I still had to make time for a run. During the run I was honestly wondering why I was doing it, but after, as always, I was glad I went.
At the end of the trip I was an expert in packing. I really don't know how we fit everything in!
Now back to real life.
Thanks to all the girls that made it so much fun and a BIG thanks to Trent who made it possible for me to go!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

"224...225, whatever it takes."

Well, I am home alone this weekend playing Mr. Mom while Amy is off for a scrapbooking weekend with the Jensen girls. So since one of a Mom's primary responsibilities is to update the family blog, I thought I would try my hand at this art. I don't have anything cute to say or post, but for some time now Amy has been asking me to take some "after" pictures of our house. Since moving in we have remodled a bit and painted a lot. Below are some of the most dramatic changes to our house. Enjoy!!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

For all you Edward & Bella fans!

My mom sent me this address for a singer/songwriter, Kat Tingey. She has written a song about Edward and Bella. I really like the song not just because of the lyrics, but I love the style of it and her voice. So, go check it out. I am sure if I was smart enough I could attach the song somehow, but I am not. So go to her website and listen. It is called "Undone."

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Andrew was trying to eat some yogurt the other day for lunch. I guess he forgot his own muscle strength and ended up flipping a spoonful onto his face. It was pretty funny, although Andrew didn't think so. And he wasn't happy about me taking the time to get the camera and take his picture!
One day I couldn't find Aiden. I did the normal sweep through the house and backyard, but Aiden was no where to be seen. Finally, he decided to answer my calls and there he was up on our deck, up on our swing, and almost on the roof! This kid isn't afraid of anything. Well, except bees.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Trying the Potty Thing...

Oakley has started to get kind of excited about going potty. She did it last night and all morning. She gets really excited when she does it and loves wearing her Tinkerbell underwear. I am really hoping she stays excited and that we will have 1 less kid in diapers. Heaven! I won't know what to do if I have more kids out of diapers than in them! I guess with the money I save I can go shopping for myself right?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Paige & Morgan's Stats

Paige and Morgan had their 1 year appt. yesterday. And let me tell you, I have 2 little chunks on my hands. Paige weighed 16 lbs 14 oz. Morgan weighed 16 lbs. 4 oz. Seriously. My kids do not grow. I don't know if we will ever be able to get them in a new car seat. I guess this is par for the course at our house. Oakley was only 20 lbs 2 oz at her 2 year appt.Trent and I produce midgets.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

10 years...

I had my 10 year High School reunion yesterday. There were some mixed emotions in our house regarding the events, but I ended up having a good time. We went to the park during the day with the families. It was fun to see the offspring of my fellow classmates and get to visit with everyone. The evening followed with a dinner for the adults, a raffle, a slide show, and more visiting. It was really good to see a lot of people from the old days. There were some that looked exactly the same and those that I didn't even recognize. This was the only picture I got through the whole reunion. It was impossible to take care of all our kids AND take pictures at the park and I didn't think about it at the dinner. Thanks to all those that put the reunion together. I know it was a ton of work and it turned out perfectly! I even came away with a gift card to Robintinoes for being the best procreator. Nice! I knew there was a reason we had so many kids.
Me, Melissa, Cecilie, Loralee
Chesney had to leave early to feed her baby :(

Friday, August 15, 2008

Paige & Morgan's B-day Party!

Yesterday was a great day. The reasons for the party, Paige and Morgan, didn't really get what was going on, but I think the rest of us had a good time. We had such a good dinner. Thanks to everyone who brought the good food! Then we did the usual-cake, ice cream, and presents.
Grandma, Emily, and cute little Avery.Papa and Grandpa watching the Olympics.
Present time!
Thanks you all for the fun AND practical gifts. I loved them all and I am sure Paige and Morgan will enjoy everyone of them.
Have you ever seen 2 more excited faces???
Now that's more like it!
I think Paige just liked to play with it.

The Boy! The Boys!
Oakley enjoying a little cake.
I asked Jill if I had any fatty looking parts before she took the pic, so Trent tried to look fat so I would look skinnier. All it did was make him look goofy!
My girls getting cleaned up after the "messy" cake eating.
My kids LOVE birthday balloons!
Thanks again to all those who celebrated with us! And once again we missed those that couldn't make it!